Strange Grounds, familiar feelin'
New independent coffee shop makes its mark
Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 22:10
Strange Grounds is not as bizarre as its name might suggest. Instead, it’s a nice coffee place with a distinctive feel and cool decorations. This independently owned and operated coffee shop opened its doors just a few months ago, and is already becoming a Denver hotspot.
Located in the Antique Row of South Broadway, it nicely fits into the neighborhood. There may be nothing antique about the place, but the interior of Strange Grounds is charismatic; art displays, colorful walls, comfy sofas and vintage-looking tables give this place a gypsy-like atmosphere.
Strange Grounds offers free trade organic coffee from Luna Roasters. Try the French-pressed Ethiopian coffee—for just $2.75 you get a small French press pitcher that serves two cups. It is the perfect price for a great taste of coffee. Aromatic, earthy coffee with cream will be a great start to the day or a nice afternoon break. Plus, its softness doesn’t leave an unpleasant aftertaste.
The menu at Strange Grounds is limited to simple foods, like pastries, burritos, and sandwiches, although it often has specials to add variety to the menu. It also serves breakfast all day.
The lunch burrito was delicious, but arrived about 20 minutes after it was ordered. It is great that Strange Grounds makes everything to order and from scratch, but 20 minutes seems a bit too long to cook a simple burrito at a coffeehouse. Wrapped in foil, it wasn’t huge, but only cost $5.
The tortilla, which is supposed to be soft, was dry and crispy. Yet the fusion of salsa, sour cream, and roasted peppers found inside was very moist and spicy—perhaps a bit too spicy for the average palate, though, since roasted peppers made up a majority of the burrito. Overall, it was fine, but not an outstanding lunch.
In fact, the bagel sandwiches are much better. The chicken bagel sandwich ($5) tasted better and was much lighter. Accompanied by a little bit of veggies, the bagel was fresh and the chicken salad was fresh. I got the impression that no, or minimal amounts of, salt and spices were added. Chicken salad sandwich woul be a better lunch, if you were looking for something nice, yet light on calories and taste.
Give Strange Grounds a try. As a young business it has some work to do, but will figure it out. This coffee shop has the potential to become a nice spot for meeting with friends or for study sessions. Plus, with such affordable prices for fresh food, it will surely put itself on the map.